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The BPS test review and registration process is designed to help test users identify an appropriate test suitable for their needs. Over 150 tests have been reviewed by our Test Reviews editorial team, who are all BPS Charted Psychologists and experts in the field of testing and test use.

Full reviews of tests are available for free to current members of the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) and to members of the BPS. Summary test reviews are available free of charge to non-members.

The Test Review Process

Building on the success of test review and registration, and to develop a more streamlined and developmental focus, the BPS launched an updated test review process in July 2013, outlined below.

Any new test submitted into the process is first audited to determine whether it meets criteria for the award of a Certificate of Test Registration. The test subsequently progresses on to evaluative review by an editorial panel.

The document below called An Overview of the British Psychological Society's Test Review Process outlines the process and provides a useful introduction to members of the public. It is also a reference guide for those submitting a test into the process for the first time, and a useful refresher for those with experience of the former process.

What is Test Registration?

Test Registration provides the public with a means of distinguishing genuine psychometric tests from other less rigorous instruments, and other forms of assessment that do not meet the minimum criteria necessary for classification as a psychomteric instrument. The European Federation of Psychologists Association's (EFPA) Review Model for the Description and Evaluation of Tests is the criteria used for this purpose. This can be downloaded below.

(Please refer to the EFPA test review form)

A test is eligible for a Certificate of Test Registration if it is judged to be at least 'adequate' as defined by the EFPA review model, in terms of validity, reliability and norms (or other information necessary for the meaningful interpretation of scores). If you are unfamiliar with the terminology above, please refer to

Getting to grips with our terminology.

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What are Test Reviews?

Following audit of a test to determine whether it meets eligibility for a Certificate of Test Registration, a test then progresses on to evaluative review by an editoiral panel.The review is based on material specified as 'whatever the publisher/distributor provides to the purchaser of the instrument', and the EFPA Model for the Description and Evaluation of Tests is used to evaluate the test.

This process is designed to provide an informed and balanced evaluation, which evaluates norms, reliability and validity, as well as a description and evaluation of computer-based test reports.

To date over 150 tests have been reviewed by the Society. Short summary reviews can be viewed by members of the public. Full test reviews can be freely downloaded by members of the Register of Qualifications in Test Use, or by members of the public on a fee per download basis.

An advanced search facility is provided for those wishing to filter reviews according to the application or type of test in which they have an interest. 

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Information required to submit a test into the test review process

The document below provides an introductory overview of the Society's test review process, including FAQs.

 An Overview of the BPS Test Review Process.pdf

The procedural document below is designed for test publishers/distributors wishing to submit a new test into the test review process. It includes all the relevant pro formas needed to submit test materials into the process.

 Application Pack for Test Publishers and Distributors.pdf

The document below outlines the criteria used to audit a test to determine whether it meets criteria for test registration. The criteria are also used to provide a descriptive and evaluative review of test materials. This is known as the EFPA Review Model for the Description and Evaluation of Tests.

 EFPA TEST REVIEW FORM and NOTES Version 3-42-EU v2.pdf

If you have any queries about submitting a test for review, please contact Ayshea King at ayshea.king@bps.org.uk